From role player to Rookie of the Year: Getting award feels ‘surreal’ for Pogoy

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set CEU’s Ebondo to backstop Congo in African qualifiers It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson But fate works in mysterious ways and Pogoy found himself back with a familiar face in Nash Racela, who is now calling the shots for TNT.Fast forward to today, and the 6-foot-2 swingman is still in disbelief with what he has achieved in his first year in the pros as he won the Rookie of the Year honors this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s indescribable. I feel nervous and I don’t know what to feel. I really can’t put to words what I feel right now. In my mind, it’s all a dream,” he said after receiving his trophy in the 2017 Leo Awards on Friday.Pogoy seamlessly blended in with the KaTropa’s rotation, with Racela immediately thrusting him to the starting small forward spot. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ There, the 25-year-old thrived as he learned from premier playmaker Jayson Castro and the rest of the veteran TNT core en route to them leading the squad to three semifinals appearances this season and a runner-up finish in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.Wrapping up his a successful first year in the pros, Pogoy thinks the award is a testament of the effort he put in under Racela.“This is the result of my hardwork because every practice, I always do extra work,” he said.But Pogoy remains unsatisfied as he hopes to receive a trophy the whole team could be proud of.“I know I still have lots to work on. This Rookie of the Year award is just a bonus. What’s important is to be a champion and that’s really my goal,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFrom the very beginning, Roger Pogoy never expected that he would make a big impact compared to his contemporaries in Far Eastern University.Playing third fiddle to the likes of Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia, the Cebuano shooter has always just been regarded as a valuable role player.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Boston Marathon weather was perfect storm for Desiree Linden

first_imgDesiree Linden, of Washington, Mich., hoists the trophy after winning the women’s division of the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Boston. She is the first American woman to win the race since 1985. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — Desiree Linden thought she did everything right to prepare for last year’s Boston Marathon: the training, the nutrition, the strategy, even how she slept.She finished fourth.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Better than the other Americans, like hometown favorite and reigning New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan, who finished seventh in what she said would be her last competitive Boston race.Better than the East Africans, who have dominated the race for the past three decades. Defending champions Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat finished second and ninth but were the only Kenyans to crack the top 10 in their races — the country’s worst performance in decades.“The conditions were made for me,” said Linden, a native Californian who lives in Michigan. “These are the conditions I train in.”Linden, who finished second by 2 seconds in Boston in 2011, held on Monday to break the soggy tape on Boylston Street in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds, the slowest women’s race in 40 years. Yuki Kawauchi of Japan won the men’s division in 2:15:58 — the slowest since Jack Fultz overcame temperatures near 100 degrees to win the 1976 race known as the “Run for the Hoses.”“2018 might be ‘Run for Shelter,” race director Dave McGillivray said, also comparing it to the year after the finish line explosions. “I’ve always said the 2014 race was epic, and it was, for obvious reasons. But yesterday’s race was epic, too. Both were about perseverance, and turning a negative into positives.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award And she didn’t know what she could have done better.“Everyone is looking for that 1 percent. I did that last year,” Linden said Tuesday, a day after overcoming headwinds and an icy rain to become the first American woman to win the race in 33 years. “Apparently, my 1 percent was the weather.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSlogging through a torrential downpour, with temperatures in the 30s and a near-gale gusts that blew the rain into the runners’ faces, Linden made up her mind to drop out after just a few miles. She abandoned her plan, skipping water stations — after all, she wouldn’t be out long enough to get dehydrated — and wasting energy by allowing her fellow Americans to draft off of her.It was only miles later, when the two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston Marathon runner-up found herself still among the leaders, that she realized she was better suited for the conditions than anyone else on the course. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Despite the weather, race organizers didn’t see much of an uptick in no-shows or runners seeking medical attention. Only about 300 people who picked up their bibs over the weekend decided not to run; of the 27,042 showed up in Hopkinton, 25,822 made it to Copley Square — meaning 95.5 percent of those who started the race finished it, an average rate, McGillivray said.“It should come as no surprise to anyone that people who fight that hard to get to the starting line will fight even harder on the day of the race,” said Tom Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association. “No matter what the conditions.”There were 2,785 runners who sought medical attention, with 91 transported to hospitals (most directly from the course). Ten remained hospitalized on Tuesday morning.Those numbers were all in line with what organizers have seen in other years, with normal weather.Linden finished 18th in Boston in a nor’easter in 2007 and has two fourths and a fifth on the course. She was the ninth-fastest runner in Monday’s field, based on the personal best of 2:22:38 she ran in Boston in 2011.“That’s why we race,” Linden said. “Otherwise we would go into a lab, submit our resumes and they would post the results.“You stub a toe the night before, eat a bad piece of food, it could change everything,” she said. “That’s why we race.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kyle Korver’s delicate balance: time to grieve, time to play Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Whistleblowers at City Hall may be scared of retaliation

first_imgDear Editor,The recent exposé by a vendor of being victimised after giving testimony before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the administration and operations of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) shows the length that some persons who have been placed in a position of influence would go, which is way beyond the pale, to protect themselves, their cohorts and their enterprise. These actions, though not totally shocking coming from where it did, was nonetheless abominable and just plain reprehensible.Anyone familiar with the Law of Omerta, would realise that there are elements within the Council, like Kingpins, crime lords and mob bosses expect the code of silence to be practiced by their subjects; whether staff, contractors, vendors, suppliers and soldiers under their control, remaining studiously silent irrespective of the punishment meted out to them. This code of honour places importance on silence, non-cooperation with authorities, and non-interference in the illegal actions of others.They expect to have absolute or nearly absolute control over their subordinates, they expect to be greatly feared for their ruthlessness and willingness to do whatever is necessary to maintain their influence, and benefits from the endeavours they undertake.It may have been surprising to some that the ‘Queen’ herself descended to get personally involved in teaching the vendor a lesson by removing her from her spot, but one must understand the message that was being sent to other vendors, should they consider appearing before the Commission to report the poor administration of and unsatisfactory conditions within the municipal markets.I am sure that the Local Government Commission realises that their best source of information about mismanagement, fraud, and abuse in the Council shall come from existing municipal employees who are committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can improve the delivery of citizen services and often save millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower municipal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and to become partners in performance.If the Commission is to receive more current employees of the Council, contractors and businesspersons at the hearing, then they will have to expand and improve the witness protection guarantees being offered, as persons are aware of how swift and ruthless the retaliation to whistleblowers at City Hall can be. One just has to be reminded of what was done to the witness of the sexual assault of a juvenile by a colleague a few months ago.Sincerely,Anu Biharilast_img read more

Opposition likely to mount legal challenge

first_img– after Speaker refers matter to Parliamentary committeePM’s “squatting” in ParliamentThe parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party is not happy with the Speaker’s referral of the legality of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s presence in the National Assembly while acting as President, to a committee, and are likely to go to court over it.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland announced on the final day of examining the budget estimates that he was referring the matter to a Parliamentary Standing Committee. In his letter to the Opposition, which he read out, Scotland urged both sides to resolve the matter in the Standing Committee on Constitutional Reform.Scotland also recommended in his letter that no approach be made to the justice system to resolve the matter. But in an interview after the Speaker made his statement, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira expressed her disappointment with the decision and noted that the Party is left with little choice but to approach the courts.“I don’t think we have any other choice but to do that. I can’t say when and where and if it’s going to be tomorrow, but I don’t think we have any other choice. The language (of the Constitution) is so clear that if the Speaker is not prepared to just carry out the requirements of the Constitution, then we have to go to the next level.”“All week you have been asking me have I got an answer (from the Speaker). And I kept saying, we’re giving him time. We didn’t want to be pushing him and saying in the press, he’s not answering. We were giving him a chance. Well he had all week for his chance. For him to say there’s no proof to do with Prime Minister Sam Hinds means for the whole week, no research was done.”According to Teixeira, it should have been easy to prove that former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds set a precedent by excusing himself whenever acting as President. She noted that for one, documents to these effects are right at Parliament.“It would have been very simple. The instruments that swear in a Prime Minister comes here. A copy comes here. All they had to do was go and pick out any time between 1992 and 2015, pull out a couple dates and check the minutes.”“And they would have found their proof. Prime Minister Sam Hinds did not come to this house when he was carrying out the functions of President because of these constitutional primers.”Respect for ParliamentMeanwhile, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall noted that much more is at stake than Nagamootoo. According to Nandlall in a statement on the issue, the respect for a National Assembly that upholds the rule of law without fear or favour is at stake.“In a letter to the press, I detailed the relevant provisions of the Constitution in support of (our) contention. No one has since proffered a conflicting opinion. Indeed, former Speaker, Mr Ralph Ramkarran, SC, who once expressed a contrary view, finally concurred with me. The relevant constitutional provisions were explicitly set out in our letter to the Speaker. After five days, today, the Speaker responded. The response was disappointing.”Nandlall observed that rather than address the simply issue raised, the Speaker “vacillated for three long pages”. Nandlall noted that the Standing Committee on Constitutional Reform, to which the matter was referred, has a mandate to consider proposals for constitutional reform.“So rather than ensuring compliance with the Constitution in its current form, the Speaker, apparently, is recommending its reform,” Nandlall said.“Our Parliament must be the laughing stock of the Commonwealth. How can the public have respect for our Parliament… and the laws of this land, when the makers of the law are treating the supreme law with such disregard?”When President David Granger is out of the jurisdiction, Prime Minister Nagamootoo usually leads Government even while acting as President. With the budget estimates being examined and a no-confidence motion scheduled, the parliamentary Opposition finally demanded he vacate his seat until the President returned.The Prime Minister has consistently defended his presence, saying this only applies for a Minister. The Committee, meanwhile, is chaired by Attorney General Basil Williams. It has a total of eight members, drawn evenly from the Government and the Opposition. The National Assembly is meanwhile expected to convene again on December 21, this time to debate a no-confidence motion against the Government.last_img read more

SGVN names Kline to publisher’s post

first_imgLarry Kline, a veteran executive of newspapers from California to Florida and states in between, has been named publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group.Kline, 58, of Atlanta will assume his new post March 19. He has held senior positions in marketing and advertising with the Los Angeles Times, Palm Beach Post and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.He also served as executive vice president and general manager of the Austin American-Statesman.Kline has worked most recently as an industry consultant and said he is looking forward to coming to SGVN, which includes the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News, the Highlander weeklies and Internet sites associated with SGVN.com. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kline grew up in Southern California, graduating from Woodbury University with a bachelor of science degree in marketing and sales management. He later graduated from UCLA’s executive management program.In 1973, Kline launched a 25-year career at the Los Angeles Times.During his tenure there, he served in a variety of roles including director of advertising, director of classified advertising, Southern Region sales manager and classified marketing coordinator.Under Kline’s leadership, the Times’ classified advertising department posted a record year.In 1998, Kline went to work for the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla., as vice president of advertising.He subsequently served as senior vice president of sales and marketing and executive vice president and general manager for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, before moving to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2003 as vice president of classified advertising.Since June 2005, Kline has worked as a consultant in the newspaper industry. And he has seen plenty of changes, with newspapers placing an increasing emphasis on online content as they strive to reach a broader base of readers who are used to getting their news via the Internet.“I think it’s basic blocking and tackling,” Kline said. “A lot of things haven’t changed but it’s important to open new channels that can attract younger readers. I’m excited about newspapers.”Steve O’Sullivan, SGVN’s executive editor, has been handling interim publisher duties during the search for Wood’s successor.“Larry was our top choice from the start of recruiting because of his national profile in advertising and his style of leadership, which is immediately engaging,” O’Sullivan said. “Larry is a heavyweight newspaper executive with a light, personal touch, bringing the perfect match of vision, business experience and leadership needed by the newspaper and the communities we serve.”kevin.smith@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2701160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I love Southern California and I’m anxious to get back to my roots in the newspaper industry,” he said Monday. “Clearly, the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group is a very important element in the community, providing an important local function that no other newspaper group can do.”John C. McKeon, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group — of which SGVN is a division — said numerous candidates applied for the publisher’s position.But Kline emerged as the obvious choice.“He was chosen because of his experience in business, his understanding of the marketplace and his reputation in terms of his management with people,” McKeon said. “Larry comes to us with a great reputation.”Kline succeeds Ron L. Wood, who left in January to become president and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.last_img read more

Regents hold off rival Tartans

first_imgGLENDORA — Playing a crosstown rival with first place on the line is always an emotional experience. The team that can overcome its emotions and play solid defense will usually come out on top. Such was the case Tuesday night as the St. Lucy’s Priory volleyball team traveled down the hill to Glendora High School and took a commanding lead in the Sierra League race with a 25-16, 25-22, 26-24 victory. “I thought the key was our serving,” Macchia said. “We were picking out certain spots to serve but even then their setter (Jenna Mittskus) was getting the ball to the middle. I was really impressed with her.” Glendora came back in the second game behind the passing of Mittskus and the strong hitting of Taylor Jacobs and Megan Mason. The Tartans took a 10-8 lead and forced Macchia to call a timeout. “I told them to maintain their composure,” Macchia said. “I knew Glendora would come out strong. We were making bad passes so I told the girls to just be calm, be patient and be tough and everything would work out.” The timeout helped as the Regents came back to take a 16-15 lead. The game was tied at 20 when junior Krista Friedman got a couple of kills and the Regents pulled away to a 25-22 win. Friedman finished with 11 kills for the match. “I haven’t been a hitter,” Friedman said. “I’m a libero, a defensive specialist, when I play club. I used to be a hitter but it’s different for me now. As a defensive specialist, I don’t just try and hit it down, I try and hit it to take advantage of the defense.” There was no quit in the Tartans as they overcame an eight-point deficit in the third game to tie the score at 24 before the Regents got the last two points for the win. “Our hitting was off,” Tartans coach Jen Barbone said. “The good thing is my girls respected them and were prepared. Now our focus is getting through the second half of league and getting into the playoffs.” The loss dropped the Tartans into a third-place tie with Diamond Bar and the final playoff spot from the Sierra League. This is unfamiliar territory for Barbone, a former all-CIF basketball player for the Tartans. As a coach, her volleyball team was the Sierra League co-champion in her first season and her basketball teams were always getting a top seed in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. “I’ve never been in this position before,” Barbone said. “We were always focused on winning the league, now we have to focus on getting to the playoffs. Diamond Bar is tough but we beat them at their place. We finish at St. Lucy’s so we have to win in league and then go up there and have fun.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We were extremely pumped up for this game,” Regents co-captain Allie Macy said. “We were that way all day. This is our biggest rival so it was a lot of fun to play them.” The Regents improved their league record to 5-0 with the win over the Tartans (3-2) to take a two-game lead in the standings over last season’s co-champions. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Glendora is an exciting team,” Regents coach Franco Macchia said. “Even when they were down they kept their spirits up. You have to give them a lot of credit.” Good play at the net helped the Regents get off to an early lead and they were able to cruise to an easy 25-16 win in the first game. Junior Sarah Mandala had a pair of blocks and Grace Urane served a pair of aces to help the Regents take a 12-3 lead and force the Tartans to take a time out. “I told the girls before the game to put up a big block at the net,” Macchia said. “That was exactly what happened. We’re a tall team for this league and we want to stay strong at the net and force the other team to hit around us.” The timeout didn’t help as Macy had five kills in the first game. The key was the defense and passing of her teammates that set up the easy points. last_img read more

DD DEAL OF THE DAY: ENJOY A GAME OF BOWLING & LASER QUEST AT ARENA 7 FOR JUST €8!

first_imgWhat a deal!! A game of bowling and laser quest for just €8 at Arena 7.Arena 7 have established a stellar reputation over the years for providing their customers with excellence in the food and entertainment sector. There latest deal only reiterates that commitment to their customers with a game of bowling and a game of the hugely popular Laser Quest on offer for just €8.The deal began yesterday Monday the 7th of July and will last until Thursday the 10th of July. Arena 7 caters for all ages and its staff provide first class customer service to all who frequent the entertainment complex.Customers from as young as 7 up to 70 can enjoy both so come and join us this week.Laser Quest at Arena7 is played on a Multi Level Maze with up to 20 players at a time and once combined with our State of the Art Bowling Lanes you will not be disappointed.Check out all the Arena7 has to offer at www.arena7.ie DD DEAL OF THE DAY: ENJOY A GAME OF BOWLING & LASER QUEST AT ARENA 7 FOR JUST €8! was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arena 7BowlingBusinessEntertainmentFeaturesLaser Questnewslast_img read more

FUBA NBL: Oilers to face UCU in finals after eliminating Warriors

first_img Tags: city oilersFUBA NBLJames OkelloMandy JuruniRonnie MutebiWarriors Oilers’ Landry Ndikumana (right) holds off two Warriors’ players during the FUBA NBL game on Friday at MTN Arena in Lugogo. (PHOTO/ FUBA)FUBA National Basketball League – Semi-FinalsWarriors 43-49 City Oilers (Oilers win 3-1)MTN Arena, LugogoFriday, 22-11-2019LUGOGO – City Oilers sealed a 7th consecutive FUBA NBL finals’ appearance following a 49-43 victory over Warriors in their game four of the best of five semi-finals playoff series.Oilers led 2-1 from the first three games and saw off a third-quarter come-back by Warriors in game four en route to winning the series 3-1 and set up a date with UCU Canons.Oilers started strongly, seeing Ivan Muhwezi sink a three off a jump shot for the first points of the night. They would eventually preserve their lead as they took the first quarter 11-8.The three-point advantage would be improved to six by half-time as Mandy Juruni’s side won the second 14-09.The third would then see Warriors take the initiative as they ran riot to win it 16-08 and take a two-point lead into the final 10 minutes with the scores reading 35-33.However, Warriors faded in the fourth, scoring just eight points whilst letting in 16 at the other end to allow Oilers to win the game 49-43 and close out the series.Warriors’ shot was off on the night as they managed just 17 of their attempted 73. Only Saidi Amisi who shot 5-11 from the field (11 points), reached double figures in terms of scoring.Stanley Mugerwa and Samad Imran who collected 10 and 11 boards respectively also put up a fight in the losing effort.For Oilers, James Okello picked his third double-double of the series as he scored 11 points and collected 14 rebounds in the victory. Landry Ndikumana was once again in beast mode, picking a game-high 18 rebounds.Oilers are favourites going into the final with UCU having won all the last six league titles.In the other games played on Friday, UCU Lady Canons also sealed a finals’ spot in the Lady Division following a 79-59 victory over KCCA Leopards in their game four of the best of five series.Abei Priscilla was the star of the show as she managed a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.The Lady Canons will now face defending champions JKL Lady Dolphins for a right to be the Ladies champions.Comments last_img read more

Hughes ‘could not trust Barton’

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham have been linked with Clint Dempsey following the American’s latest goals for Fulham.The Daily Mirror say Arsenal are keen to sign him, while The Sun claim he is a target for both the Gunners and Spurs.Hughes held Barton back for a crucial game against Swansea.Dempsey’s brace against Bolton on Saturday took his tally for the season to 21, inevitably increasing speculation that he could leave Craven Cottage in the summer.His contract expires at the end of next season and he has been offered a new long-term deal.Meanwhile, The Sun declare that Joey Barton was axed for QPR’s game against Manchester United because boss Mark Hughes ‘could not trust his skipper to avoid trouble’.Hughes explained before and after the defeat at Old Trafford that he left Barton out because he is a booking away from being suspended.The midfielder is expected to return for Wednesday’s home clash with Swansea.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Have Darwinian Anthropologists Learnt Their Lessons?

first_imgChris Stringer, writing for the BBC News, talked about “Piltdown’s lessons for modern science.”  After telling the history of the famous “missing link” fraud, he discussed four “lessons learnt” by one of the most notorious hoaxes in science history.  For one, “we mustn’t let preconceived ideas run away with us.”  For another, “specimens have to pass certain basic tests.”  He added, “Part of the cleverness of the hoax was the way in which it suited preconceived ideas about what early humans should look like.”  Stringer also commented that science thrives on controversy, and claimed science is self-correcting.  Then he expressed confidence in the more recent fossil ape-man finds.    In another story from the BBC News, an evolutionary economist from the London School of Economics is claiming “Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years’ time as predicted by HG Wells.”  Oliver Curry thinks humans will divide into a tall, genetically superior upper class, and a short, dimwitted lower class (an illustration fills in the imagination).  Visible splits could be seen in a much shorter time frame.  He speculated, as if this is not already evident, “Social skills, such as communicating and interacting with others, could be lost, along with emotions such as love, sympathy, trust and respect.  People would become less able to care for others, or perform in teams.”  Though racial differences might be ironed out by interbreeding in the short term, Curry thinks the logical outcome of this evolution “would be two sub-species, ‘gracile’ and ‘robust’ humans similar to the Eloi and Morlocks foretold by HG Wells in his 1895 novel The Time Machine.”  Those familiar with the story might remember how the powerful bred the weak for food.  Is this an echo of Darwin’s words?1At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world.  At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated.  The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.1Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (1882) p.156; see Evolution quotes.Stringer, a positivist and progressivist, thinks science is self-correcting, and will no longer fall for such a low deed.  We leave it to the reader to judge if the Darwin Party has learnt their lessons, or earnt any credibility or respect among civilized human beings.  Maybe we should let them inhabit their own island and evolve this way if they want to.  The rest of us will read good books and hone our social skills for the common good, choose our soul-mates wisely, and develop the moral character needed to be good citizens and fulfill our Creator-endowed rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of eudaimonia.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more